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Canada Bikepack Summit

CANMORE OPERA HOUSE
CANMORE, ALBERTA
SEPTEMBER 14 - 17, 2017

Enjoy daily group rides around our picturesque mountain headquarters, yoga, plenty of unique seminars, an optional overnighter through Kananaskis, great food, great people, swag from our partners...and beer! Featured guests include 'Ride the Divide' filmmaker, Mike Dion, and Tour Divide Winner, Josh Kato. 

 

THURSDAY

7:00am – 4:00pm (on Friday)
Optional add-on overnighter ride along the High Rockies Trail to the Lower Lake group campground in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. We have space for 15 tents // RSVP for details 


FRIDAY

7:00 – 9:00pm
Brewery tour and opening Women Leading the Charge panel at the Canmore Brewing Co. Special guests include Megan Dunn, Val Kato, Joanna Croston, and more! A percentage of beer sales to be donated to WildSmart in Canmore.


SATURDAY

7:30-10:00am
Meet at Rebound Cycle for a 29 km group ride out to Three Sisters (GPX). Bring a pack with change of clothes for after. We'll finish at the Opera House. Light snacks and coffee provided by Rebound, starting at 7:00am. We leave at 7:30am sharp.

10:30-11:15am
Yoga session on-site with Jeff Mah of the Yoga Lounge.

11:30am-12:30pm
Lunch and talk by Ryan Draper on fueling (on and off the bike). Key trends like the primal diet and healthy convenience items will be discussed.

12:45 - 1:45pm
'All that goes bump in the night' - a variety of safety strategies for riding/camping near wild animals, including a bear spray demo by conservation officer, Nick Dykshoorn of WildSmart.

2:00 - 2:45pm
'Organizational insight' - How trail access is decided, regional updates (i.e the Westside Road), and future cycling considerations with Debbie Mucha, Kananaskis West Area Manager for Alberta Parks.

3:00 - 4:00pm
'What's in your pack?' - Selected guests share some insight into what they pack and how to pack it.

4:15 - 5:15pm
'Every little bit counts' - Strategies from racers of the Hurt'n Albert'n, Alberta Rockies 700, Kootenay Gravel Grinder, and BC Epic 1000.

5:15 - 6:45pm
Dinner on your own in town. Remember your free pint coupon! Location TBA.

7:00 - 7:45pm
2 x Attendee story share.

8:00 - 9:30pm
Q&A and unseen ‘Ride the Divide’ footage with director, Mike Dion

 


SUNDAY

8:00-10:00am
Meet at Rebound Cycle for a 15 km group ride up White Man Pass (GPX). Bring a pack with change of clothes for after. We'll finish at the Opera House. Light snacks and coffee provided by Rebound, starting at 7:30am. We leave at 8:00am sharp.

10:30-11:15am
'The Sequoia' - Barry Mah from Specialized demos their adventure bike and Burra Burra bikepacking bags.

11:30-12:15pm
'Riding Tandem' - some have called it the Divorce Machine, some the Love Machine. Hear firsthand what it's like to ride tandem from special guests, Val and Josh Kato.

12:30pm-1:15pm
Lunch and 'Planning your next route' - audience to pick an unknown region and have Ryan walk through steps for tracing a new route in realtime. Attendees will also have the opportunity to pre-order Bikepacking in the Canadian Rockies.

1:30pm-2:15pm
Live Skype video podcast with special guest(s).

2:30pm-4:00pm
Closing panel and swag giveaway.

Featured Guests

Josh & Mike at the start of the 2016 Tour Divide

Josh & Mike at the start of the 2016 Tour Divide

Mike Dion
Filmmaker behind 'Ride the Divide' and 'Inspired to Ride"

Josh Kato
2015 Tour Divide Winner

Joanna Croston
Programming Director for the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival